Once Upon A Time 5×10 “Broken Heart” Recap

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It’s a dark, dark world out there.

Episode Summary: In Camelot, we see an upset Killian enact the curse through Nimue which then forces Emma to wipe everyone’s memories in order to take care of everything on her own. In Storybrooke Killian takes away Emma’s memories and resumes his revenge while the heroes attempt to figure out his plot.

Review | Analysis: The episode’s left a good majority of viewers puzzled, but in a way, that’s a good thing — a “penultimate” episode is supposed to be a massive conundrum. And while we’re on the edge of our seats as well, we have to believe that this is a series about hope. We have to believe that at the end of the day, true love always wins and darkness can never come close to being as powerful. “Broken Heart” was meant to break viewers. It was meant to make us feel angry and hurt, but thankfully, this isn’t where it ends, and with a climax this intense, we’re bound to see a lovely resolution. Once Upon A Time is a series that’ll always remind us of the importance of families, friends, forgiveness, and love — it’s the series where good always wins. It always comes down to the power of choices and they are what define us. As much as this series is a fantasy, the flawed characters add the realism we all need in order to connect with them, and in this story, even the heroes make mistakes.

If this were any other show, we’d without a doubt be addressing the episode differently, but for five seasons Once Upon A Time has taught us to have hope, and it’s what we’ll choose to do. That said, this review features theories and we normally hate writing without valid context, so please take things with a grain of salt.

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Once Upon A Time 5×07 “Nimue” Recap

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Once Upon A Time writers always know how to give viewers a fantastic episode, and we’d say this has been the best one all season. Although we’re sure it’ll probably, definitely be topped next week.

Episode Summary: In flashbacks we learn about how Merlin came to all his powers and the choice he made to only use them for good. We also got a glimpse into his relationship with Nimue and how anger fueled her more than the promise for a great and honorable future. In Camelot, Emma and Merlin seek out Nimue in order to retrieve the spark that’ll unite the two swords, but Zelena unsurprisingly betrays the team giving Arthur power over Merlin. And lastly in Storybrooke, Emma succeeds in uniting the two blades but what she’ll do with them is the great big mystery we’re yet to see.

Review | Analysis: “Nimue” was not only full of exceptional performances left and right, but the episode contained some interesting references to Arthurian legends and the Bible. Most importantly however, it once again illuminated the significance of our choices along with the great strength that’s found in forgiveness and love. Immortality and a life without troubles sounds lovely, but if there were no struggles to overcome, the unparalleled happiness we feel in times of beautiful moments wouldn’t be as valuable. The presence of darkness is perhaps something that’ll always be found in our world, but whether or not a person gives into it is something we’re fully in control of. At any rate, there’s still an enormous part of us that believes Emma’s choice to embrace the darkness wasn’t due to a moment of weakness, but rather a sacrificial act of some sort.

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